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1 An Introduction To Grayson County’s Juvenile Problem Solving Court Honorable Brian Gary 397 th District Court

2 HISTORY: The Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC) was mandated by the 81 st Legislative Session to implement a Texas Youth Commission Commitment Reduction Program (CRP). The CRP monies are distributed to county juvenile boards to provide an array of rehabilitative services for juvenile offenders, including: Community based initiatives, family, residential, transitional and aftercare programs.

3 Grayson County Juvenile Crime Statistics: 200620072008 Referrals528609591 Court Disp.196151176 TYC9710

4 Grayson County’s TYC Commitment Target 5

5 Grayson County Juvenile Board DIVERT Court Model two effective programs: STAR Recovery Drug Court and Star Family Court Team Approach: 397 th District Court, District Attorney, Respondent’s Attorney, Treatment providers, Independent School Districts, Community Representatives, law enforcement and department of juvenile services Coordinated Strategy: Court monitoring, family preservation, treatment and educational focus.

6 Juvenile Court Education TreatmentEnforcement Coordinated Strategy Child and Family

7 Implementation: Phase 1:Designate a district court to serve as the Divert Court Phase 2:Develop a Divert Court Service Team Phase 3:Department of Juvenile Services begin review of children meeting the target population guidelines. Phase 4:Develop a graduated progressive sanctions and treatment modality with emphasis on child, family and public safety. Phase 5:Divert Court continues to form partnerships among public agencies, community-based organizations and treatment providers to generate local support. Phase 6:Divert Court Service Team meets and accepts first children and families.

8 OUR NAME CHANGE: T T T Transition E E Education A Alter M Mentor

9 Juvenile TEAM Court

10 Target Population: High risk felony offenders Multiple Violation of Court Orders (Administrative) In Post-Adjudication Placement Family History of Criminal Activity History of Substance Abuse

11 TEAM Process Referral Application Assessment Team Review Team Court Written request Self Assessment Written Agreement MH Evaluation Psychosocial New Applications Review Recommend Adj/Disposition Client Phase Reports New Goals Respondent’s Attorney Child/Parent JPD Intake Unit

12 TEAM Phases New Attitude Phase 1 (8 to 12 weeks) Orientation/Overview Treatment Plan Education Pro-social Activity Healthy Lifestyles Family Intervention Individual Counseling Victim Empathy Weekly Urinalysis Testing Introspective Reporting Mandatory Curfew Bi-monthly Court Review Parent Support Group New Attitude Phase 2 (8 to 12 weeks) Emphasis on Family Review and Update Treatment Plan Continue Introspective Reporting Community Service Bi- Monthly Urinalysis Testing Bi-monthly Court Review Parent Support Group New Attitude Phase 3 (8 to 12 weeks) Emphasis on Education Treatment & transition planning Treatment Plan Update School reporting Victim’s Empathy Monthly Court Review Parent Support Group Your Aptitude Phase 4 (8 to 12 weeks) Community support network Victim Support Service Educational Support Goal Setting Monthly Court Review Parent Support Group

13 TREATMENT MODALITIES Strengthening Families Program is a 14-session, science-based parenting skills, children’s life skills, and family skills training program specifically designed for high-risk families. Parents and children participate in SFP both separately and together. Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART®) is a multimodal psycho educational intervention designed to alter the behavior of chronically aggressive adolescents. The goal of ART® is to improve social skill competence, anger control and moral reasoning. Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a family-based prevention and intervention program for dysfunctional youths ages 11 to 18 that has been applied successfully in a variety of multi-ethnic, multicultural contexts to treat a range of high-risk youths and their families. The model includes specific phases: engagement/motivation, behavior change and generalization.

14 OUTCOMES Reduction of youth to the Texas Youth Commission Increase functionality of high-risk families We are currently working toward a Ph.D. Candidate from the Texas Women University Family Therapy Department to conduct research on outcomes of T.E.A.M. Court.

15 Questions: 1.How will T.E.A.M. Court be paid for? 2.Will T.E.A.M. Court take sex offenders? 3.How will the families be involved? 4.What if the child or family violates the T.E.A.M. Court order? 5.What if the child and family are being a success? 6.Can I join in to help on T.E.A.M. Court?

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